minke whale

min·ke whale

noun \ˈmiŋ-kə-\

Definition of MINKE WHALE

:  a small grayish baleen whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) with a whitish underside —called also minke

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part translation of Norwegian minkehval, from minke- (perhaps from Meincke, a crewman of Svend Foyn †1894 Norwegian whaler) + hval whale
First Known Use: 1939


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